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From the Bottom of my Toes

July 14, 2011
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I’m sure this is total common sense but it’s worth saying: choose your child’s pediatrician carefully! During the past ten months, our pediatrician has been caring, supportive, and proactive (without being alarmist). She is very sharp and able to hand off care when she thinks another doctor or specialist is beneficial. I’d recommend her to all our Columbia friends except she’s not currently accepting new patients. But, come to think of it, she should have an extra space opening up after August 1st. Being able to keep this pediatrician is on my Top Ten Reasons Not to Move list 🙂

Our pediatrician has done an excellent job of referring us to the specialists we’ve needed to see. Her rule of thumb? She only refers us to the doctors she would send her own children to. Love that!

Today Ben, Reed and I met with a pediatric neurologist, and the visit went much as I expected. Overall, he sees some very positive aspects of Reed’s development (a curious observer, attempts at vocalizing, good hand control). But, he concurs with our pediatrician: Reed’s lack of muscle tone (hypotonia) raises questions. Just shy of his first birthday, though, Reed is too young to accurately determine whether (if) the cause is a muscular or neurological (or both) issue. So, we are having some blood drawn to run tests that can identify any existing genetic disorders. Beyond that, we have to wait and see.

The word neurologist no longer freaks me out. The doctor made the visit low-key and, honestly, uneventful. He’s made himself available to us via phone even after we move.

While we’re still living “in between” I have a sweet, very excited little boy who has just learned to wave hello! Hopefully I can post a video soon. Thank you from the bottom of my toes for your prayers, stories, and encouragement — you have made a difference to this family.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Evie permalink
    July 15, 2011 11:59 am

    That is the cutest picture ever. I love that boy!

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